Most of us probably loved books as small children. As babies, we likely enjoyed nawwing on a a chunky board book. As toddlers, we loved the feel of carrying books around the house. As preschoolers we found pleasure in being read to by an adult or older sibling.
Then we eventually head off to school and at some point books become assosicated with work.
During my two years of grad school, I doubt I read one book merely for fun. Do not misunderstand…I read a lot (a lot!) during that time but it was all school-associated. I remember the husband and I talking at one point about how nice it would be to read for fun once all of our schooling was behind us.
One way to break this association that older kids may make between reading and school work is to help them understand the usefulness of books at an early age. Books open many doors, including ways to help the reader overcome real life battles.
Having problems getting along with siblings? Read The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight
School anxiety plague your little one? Try 100th Day Worries
Little ones having a difficult time controlling their anger? Pull out When Sophie Gets Angry
Children having issue with rude language? The Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect
Showing children that books posses power is a great way to ignite a love for reading. In this case, showing kids how they can read stories that relate to their own lives and situations helps them understand that books are not merely for the classroom.